The Weekly 411 (10/6/23)

© Ellen Seal

 Oct. 6, 2023, vol. 40

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updatesAre you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations and camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Ellen Seal.


Picture Book Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, Armando's Island by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Anne Yvonne Gilbert (The Creative Company 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: Armando’s Island was written as a fable to celebrate rainforests and to bring attention to the dangers to their beautiful wildlife and the indigenous people who call it home. 

Armando's home is the rainforest. He knows its sights, smells, tastes, and sounds, as well as its plants and wildlife. When outsiders begin laying claim to and destroying the surrounding forest, the distressed animals find refuge with Armando in the only pocket of untouched forest, his "island." Anne Yvonne Gilbert’s spectacular illustrations often show Armando and the wildlife looking straight at the reader. This strongly connects readers to the purpose Armando has – to protect his small patch of rainforest and the wildlife that has fled to it. An Activity Guide will be available in early September, on The Creative Company site and my website.


About the Author: Called a “born storyteller” by the media, Marsha Diane Arnold is a picture book author of twenty-three books, with over one million books sold. Her books have garnered honors like Best First Book by a New Author, Smithsonian Notable, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. Her Lights Out, about light pollution, has been praised by the Dark Sky and children’s lit communities and was a finalist for the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text. 

About the Illustrator: Anne Yvonne Gilbert has designed and illustrated children’s books, postage stamps, record sleeves, and posters, infusing her work with a fairy-tale sensibility especially befitting the subject matter of Armando’s Island. Her originals are held in many private collections including those of Arnold Swartzenneger and the late H.R.H. Princess Margaret. After many years spent in Canada, she and her husband make their home in northern England.

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Illustrator Spotlight

We are pleased to feature illustrator S.J. Winkler and her banner design for Kidlit411, and her picture book, Sister, written by Leia M. Johnson (Phoenix Media & Books 2023). Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

© S.J. Winkler

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Writing Courses

Nov. 4, 2023 Writing Barn's Pitch and Play: Industry Engagement Day Join 10 top agents and 10 top editors in a day to have an opportunity to learn about querying and to pitch your work. A panel will review pitches and first pages, plus one-on-one opportunities.

Legal Resources for Creatives

Generative AI v. Copyright

                               Marketing & Creating a Platform

How to Market Your Book with 13 Pre-Order Strategies

For Writers

How to Find Your Writer's Voice


  1. The cover illustrations are gorgeous! Thank you for featuring these books this week.

  2. Thanks for all the great links. The covers of these books are beautiful.

  3. Looking forwatd to checking these books out


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